Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek

Dale Ann Bradley earned national critical acclaim and top 10 slots on both the bluegrass and country charts with her breakout 1997 solo debut, East Kentucky Morning. With the album’s release, favorable comparisons to Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss and impressive reviews showered the Kentucky native and long-time member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Billboard lauded Bradley’s “angelic voice,” while Music Row called her “a gentle mountain songbird with a shimmering delivery, marvelous purity of tone, soprano trills and lonesome bent notes.”

Bradley learned her powerful singing style in the Primitive Baptist Church, where her father was a minister, and began performing at the age of 14. In 1989 she became a member of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and was a regular on the famed Sunday Morning Gatherin’ radio show for eight years.

In 1992, she joined the New Coon Creek Girls—formed in 1979 as one of only a handful of all-female groups in the history of bluegrass/acoustic music—as guitarist and lead singer. Following the tremendous success of Bradley’s East Kentucky Morning, the group shifted focus and acquired some male musicians. The new lineup debuted as Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek in 1997.

With Bradley’s voice as its centerpiece and a multi-talented support team, the group excels at everything from hard-edged bluegrass and soul-stirring gospel numbers to tear-jerking country love songs and wistful folk ballads. Coon Creek’s knockout Jubilee performance was taped at the 2000 Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival in Hyden, KY.

This artist appears in Jubilee #109: Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek.